Sussex

Average User Rating:
4.20588/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size:
    Medium
    Egg Color:
    Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Speckled Sussex, Light Sussex
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Originated and bred in Sussex England as table fowl, the Speckled Sussex weigh in at 9 lbs. for a rooster and 7 lbs. for a hen. Their feathers are mahogany bay, tipped in white and roosters sport greenish-black tail feathers. This is a rare breed and listed as threatened with less than 1000 breeding flocks in the US.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    High
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Bears confinement well,Quiet,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Speckled Sussex, Light Sussex
    Breed Details:
    I very much enjoy my small flock of Speckled Sussex. They are among the most curious birds in my flock and full of personality. I get a light brown to brown egg each day from my girls. They are friendly and usually run to the door of the pen when they see me coming. My Sussex rooster is the quietest of all my roos and rarely crows. While he is sometimes over zealous with the girls, he has never shown any aggression towards any of us. Even my kids can walk up to him. I've had 2 of my girls go broody this spring, but I didn't let them set so I do not know wether they would make good mothers or not. When free ranging, they do quite well. Their feathers are always glossy and we enjoy watching them scratching for bugs. These are, by far, my most favorite breed for looks and for eggs.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. LRH97
    4/5,
    "Nice breed"
    Pros - Hardy, beautiful, filled with personality, fair layers, curious
    Cons - Roo was a little stand offish, curious
    Overall, I have really been pleased with the Sussex. I have only had the Speckled variety, but out of all the other color varieties I've seen, Speckled has been my favorite. As they molt, the birds develop more white in their feathers, enhancing the speckled look. It gives them more of a striking appearance. After my two girls' first molt, I noticed a difference immediately. Anyway, they really are a nice, attractive duel purpose breed, being good for the table and being a fair layer. I have yet to have one go broody, but I have heard they make fair mothers as well. My girls are some of the most personable in my flock. They have a sort of "sass" about them. And curiosity as a pro makes them pretty friendly. I listed curiosity as a con also because of the fact that their curiosity often gets them into trouble (it also gets them into cabinets, open trash barrels, cars and pretty much any door you leave open.) My roo Eugene was a little on the hateful side, however he was a big fat chicken (literally and metaphorically). He'd charge you, but if you turned around to face him, he'd shoot off like a bat outta hell in the opposite direction. All in all, a good breed to own.
    Overall:
    4
  2. silkiecuddles
    4/5,
    "Great birds, extremely friendly, very pretty"
    Pros - They lay well, eye candy and useful, sweet
    Cons - Roosters aggressive, have a tendency to wander
    I have five Speckled Sussex, 1 rooster and 4 hens. I bought them from Meyer hatchery last year. I handled them constantly, and now they are all extremely sweet.
    The rooster was handled as much and/or more, but of late he has suddenly become aggressive. We had company come over and he knocked their two-year old over, and he chased me. He will be going bye-bye soon.
    As for the hens, they are great. They lay almost daily, none have gone broody so far. The only problem with them is they're wanderers and extremely inquisitive. They go way into the neighbor's yard, and into his road. Sooner or later someone's gonna get hit. Also, they come up on the porch looking around. Some people may like that, but mine poop all over it.
    Overall, though, if I could, I would probably get more. Hens only, of course.
    Overall:
    4.5
    Purchase Price:
    2.62
    Purchase Date:
    2014-03-20
  3. Bigwig
    2/5,
    "Friendly and curious"
    Pros - Friendly towards people, good brooders, quiet.
    Cons - Aggressive towards lower ranking chickens, do not lay many eggs, lay small eggs.
    My Sussex hens are friendly and curious and have more individual personality than any of the other four breeds I have. Personalities aside, mine have not stood out in either egg production or egg size and have been very aggressive towards lower ranking chickens. Four out of my five Speckled Sussex hens have some kind of deformity and/or had health problems at one time or another (e.g canker, constipation).
    Overall:
    2

User Comments

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  1. N F C
    My 2 SS girls are the prettiest and the sweetest in my mixed flock. One is going through a heavy molt now and can't wait to see how she looks when she's completely done (already her face is much whiter). Glad you're enjoying yours as much as I am mine!
  2. hellbender
    Great! that's a start. Everyone has to start somewhere...Good luck in the future, silkiecuddles.
  3. silkiecuddles
    In answer to Hellbender's question, we didn't know he was THAT mean and there were several people with the child when she got knocked down.
    I certainly know now not to baby them as much as I do
  4. hellbender
    Yep...what triplepurpose said. lol
  5. chixgodiva
    I just got my first 2 last week, and already they are becoming friendly and curious. :)
  6. triplepurpose
    Well, to be more specific, and also put it more politely for those with less experience... :)

    Hand-raising cockerels tends to backfire--it seems that they come to see the care-taker specifically, and humans in general, as companions or flock members, rather than an outsider or a predator. So naturally, when they reach the age at which they begin to develop adult behavior, they continue to view humans as something to interact with--to establish pecking order with, and try to dominate and take charge of, because that is one thing that a rooster is supposed to do in a flock. To a dominant or would-be-dominant rooster, every flock member that doesn't acknowledge their authority is a threat to be dealt with, and when they see humans as a threat to their authority, long and comfortable familiarity makes them more likely to confront the human physically. Basic chicken politics 101--and really important to understand.

    Over and over I see people making this mistake. (and I'm guessing hellbender was having similar feelings.) Whereas, if owners would only make a bit of effort to try to understand and respect at least a few of the most basic elements of the social and psychological natures of the animals they're responsible for, it would be SO much easier for everyone! (As opposed to ignoring all this and pretending they're just like tiny retarded human children, and then getting sad, angry, or frustrated--or worse, taking it all out on the innocent animal itself--when the animal sooner or later simply happens to do something its species is naturally supposed to do, that just happens to conflict with it's owners arbitrarily self-imposed delusions about it.)
  7. hellbender
    I don't know why I bother ...but. What do you expect of a maturing cock-bird? Do your chickens live in your home environs? Why would a small child be allowed in the company of a bird that is engaged in courting and protecting his harem?

    I submit...there absolutely is a problem that needs to be dealt with but I think many people should learn to understand the animals they think they fancy before making the jump to ownership.

    In other words...GET A CLUE!!!!!!!!
  8. farnorth
    My experience was very similar. I had to SS hens, neither laid a very good egg, one laid very small eggs, one laid very chalky rough shelled eggs, they would stop laying for days at a time. Both were the first ones to come running to people for food. Both were aggressive to lower ranking younger pullets. I rehomed both.
  9. coop410silkies
  10. coop410silkies
    I have a number of Sussex, both Speckled and Light. For the most part, I wholely agree with the reviwer's assessment of these birds: compared to the eggs of my Aussies, RIRs, and BRs, their eggs are notably smaller, and they aren't such good layers, either. My hatchery SS are pretty and very people oriented, but they are not near to SOP in size and feather coloration; the roosters from this line of SS are aggressive to both humans and hens. (I'm told the nasty disposition comes from the maternal side, not from the cocks, but my hatchery SS hens are just "fearless" - not mean.) Of the SS I purchased from breeders, the Roos are most genteel - and notably larger. I am going to take a shot at breeding my heritage group with a view toward improving vigor and egg production. The Light Sussex are large eye candy, and they dote on people - or, more likely, the food that comes from them. So far, I've not been impressed with egg production, but they are so exceptionally friendly and extroverted, they are my favorites. If you like the Sussex breed,and you want to have roosters, do yourself a favor and buy from a reputable breeder.

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